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How Smartphones Are Making Kids Unhappy

NPR Health Blog - Mon, 08/07/2017 - 5:35pm

Psychologist Jean Twenge has observed dramatic shifts in behavior among children who go through adolescence with smartphones. They're spending less time with friends and reporting greater anxiety.

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Coddled Puppies Make Poor Guide Dogs, Study Suggests

NPR Health Blog - Mon, 08/07/2017 - 3:44pm

New research suggests that when puppies have more attentive, active mothers, they're more likely to fail guide-dog training.

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Can Buddhist Practices Help Us Overcome The Biological Pull Of Dissatisfaction?

NPR Health Blog - Mon, 08/07/2017 - 1:49pm

Science journalist and author Robert Wright says that Buddhist enlightenment might help counteract our natural tendency towards unhappiness. His new book is Why Buddhism is True.

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Flattening The 'Mummy Tummy' With 1 Exercise, 10 Minutes A Day

NPR Health Blog - Mon, 08/07/2017 - 4:50am

The technical term is diastasis recti, and it affects many new moms. The growing fetus pushes apart the abdominal muscles, and the separation often stays open. But science suggests this fix can work.

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Your ZIP Code Might Be As Important To Health As Your Genetic Code

NPR Health Blog - Fri, 08/04/2017 - 1:27pm

Health care forms increasingly ask about more than just medical history. That's because doctors are beginning to understand that patients' stress, and how and where they live, influence health, too.

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South Texas Fights Tuberculosis One Blood Test At A Time

NPR Health Blog - Fri, 08/04/2017 - 1:21pm

Texas has one of the highest rates of TB among U.S. states. A sweeping effort is underway, largely funded by Medicaid, to diagnose and treat people who don't know they harbor the lung infection.

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Scientists Aim For Better, Cheaper Tests For Alzheimer's

NPR Health Blog - Fri, 08/04/2017 - 7:27am

The goal is to find accurate, painless tests that can help doctors diagnose Alzheimer's early and track the progression of the illness and any response to treatment. A few tests seem promising.

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Vermont Medical School Says Goodbye To Lectures

NPR Health Blog - Thu, 08/03/2017 - 4:57pm

The University of Vermont's Larner College of Medicine is planning to phase out lectures by 2019. The dean behind the effort says lectures aren't good at engaging learners.

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'That Fentanyl — That's Death': A Story Of Recovery In Baltimore

NPR Health Blog - Thu, 08/03/2017 - 2:23pm

Andrea Towson was known in West Baltimore as the go-to person for help getting high. Last year, she nearly died from a fentanyl overdose. "Thank God for another day," she says.

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To Grow Market Share, A Drugmaker Pitches Its Product To Judges

NPR Health Blog - Thu, 08/03/2017 - 4:52am

The pharmaceutical company Alkermes is trying to increase the number of people taking Vivitrol for their opioid addiction by marketing the drug to judges, who have the power to influence treatment.

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Scientists Precisely Edit DNA In Human Embryos To Fix A Disease Gene

NPR Health Blog - Wed, 08/02/2017 - 1:09pm

In experimental embryos, scientists were able to repair the gene that causes a serious heart disorder. More research is needed to confirm the method would produce healthy babies, they say.

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Many Avoid End-Of-Life Care Planning, Study Finds

NPR Health Blog - Wed, 08/02/2017 - 9:00am

Only about a third of U.S. adults have advance directives in place to guide the care they receive if they become too ill to make their own medical decisions.

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VIDEO: Little-Known Middlemen Save Money On Medicines — But Maybe Not For You

NPR Health Blog - Wed, 08/02/2017 - 5:03am

Many people have never heard of pharmacy benefit managers. They're the companies that help insurers decide what drugs to cover and how much you pay for them.

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Should The Opioid Crisis Be Declared A National Emergency?

NPR Health Blog - Wed, 08/02/2017 - 5:01am

Addiction treatment professionals are praising many of the recommendations of a White House commission on the opioid crisis. But some question the recommendation to declare it a national emergency.

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Whether Or Not To Declare The Opioid Crisis A National Emergency

NPR Health Blog - Wed, 08/02/2017 - 5:01am

Addiction treatment professionals are praising many of the recommendations of a commission to study the opioid crisis. But some question the recommendation to declare it a national emergency.

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'I Was Somebody's Mother': Reflections On The Guilt And Grief Of Miscarriage

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 08/01/2017 - 1:19pm

Ariel Levy was five months pregnant and alone in a hotel room in Mongolia when she gave birth. Her son lived only 10 minutes. Afterward, Levy was haunted by the notion that she had caused his death.

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Drug Puts A $750,000 'Price Tag On Life'

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 08/01/2017 - 1:05pm

The high cost of Spinraza, a new and promising treatment for spinal muscular atrophy, highlights how the cost-benefit analysis insurers use to make drug coverage decisions plays out in human terms.

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Planning To Watch The Eclipse? Here's What You Need To Protect Your Eyes

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 08/01/2017 - 12:03pm

A total solar eclipse is one of the most magnificent sights you can ever see. But you need the right kind of eye protection, and some of what's being sold out there isn't safe.

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Senate To Hold Bipartisan Hearings To Stabilize Insurance Markets

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 08/01/2017 - 5:00am

A Senate committee will hold hearings on stabilizing the Obamacare markets in 2018. The chair called on President Trump to continue payments to insurers that help lower costs for low-income people.

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Country Music And Brain Research Come Together At Nashville Summer Camp

NPR Health Blog - Mon, 07/31/2017 - 3:15pm

Researchers in Nashville are tapping into a country music camp to learn more about Williams Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder. Many people who have it love music but don't know why.

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